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“From superior to fair” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of La Playa Mexican Cafe

La Playa Mexican Cafe
Ranked #1 of 167 Restaurants in Harlingen
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Mexican, Southwestern, Latin
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Restaurant details
Good for: Kids, Special occasions, Families with children, Business meetings, Dining on a budget, Large groups
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Harlingen, Texas
Level Contributor
64 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“From superior to fair”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 12, 2013

For the past four years this has been one of my favourite restaurants and I couldn't wait to get there this year when I return to Texas for the winter. I was so disappointed. Frozen Margaritas are still awesome but food and service not so much. The food tasted okay, but it was not temperature hot, just warm. We had to get the attention of our server numerous times to replenish nachos and dip, as well as our Margaritas. Most shocking was the state of the women's washroom. It was absolutely filthy, and it was an accumulation of dirt, not just dirty from that day. Still good value for the money but not as good as it once was. And please, clean the ladies room.

  • Visited December 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Thank MargAnneL
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English first
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
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44 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Very Good But Not the Best”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 22, 2013

Our server was extremely friendly and helpful, and the food was really good. Parmesan cheese on the enchiladas was odd but not bad. If you want something a little nicer than a local family kind of place, La Playa is a good choice.

Visited November 2013
Helpful?
Thank Cziel
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Manitou Springs CO
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204 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 119 helpful votes
“Great place for mexican food”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 19, 2013

We ate here twice during our visit to Harlingen. The hot salsa was very good with fresh chips. I had fish and shrimp tacos. They were very good with the lime and green sauce. The Charro beans were great. My husband had pork carnitas and he thought were the best he every had. Really great food.

  • Visited November 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Thank bikeco
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25 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Fried Avacados and Street Tacos... YUM!!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 1, 2013 via mobile

Just ate dinner here with a coworker from Mexico, and only one word comes to mind: AWESOME! Even though it's a Friday night, we were promptly seated and served (parking lot is full). A guy from Fastenall recommended this place for the fried avacados (a 1st for me), and I am not leaving disappointed! We got a fried avacado stuffed with chicken, and I got the chiken street tacos. I just can't say enough good about this place. Fast, friendly service, good prices (less than $50 for 2), and amazing food! We'll definitely be back!

Helpful?
Thank Shanculbertson
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Coral Gables, Florida
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635 reviews
430 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 164 helpful votes
“Music, Fabulous Margaritas and great Food!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 22, 2013

Excellent Service!
The margaritas with Patron Silver were fabulous!, Great Music.
The food was excellent.
We had the melted cheese with ground beef for appetizers and it was great.
the Chile Relleno with ground beef and cheese was perfect!
The chicken fronterizo and chicken spinach was excellent. The presentation was just beautiful.
home made tortillas!
and of course the milanesa was delicious.
Great place to have fun! and great food.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Thank joselito1959
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